Flower Mound’s Magnolia Court receives approval from P&Z

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Flower Mound Town Hall. Photo by Bill Castleman

Flower Mound’s Magnolia Court development received the Planning and Zoning Commission’s unanimous approval on Monday for Town Council consideration.

The project has had a bumpy road following the applicant’s original request for a Master Plan Amendment back on March 26, when 26 town residents opposed to the amendment filled the P&Z meeting audience. The applicant requested a delay from the project’s scheduled Town Council consideration on April 16, asking it be remanded back to P&Z on April 23. The revised version resulted in a written request on May 11 to postpone council’s consideration indefinitely. The original application was ultimately withdrawn.

That application was for a change from medium-density to high-density with 58 single-family detached residential lots on the 14.802-acres of Agricultural-zoned land located on the west side of Gerault Road– across from the CAC (Community Activities Center)– south of Sweetwater Lane and north of Spinks Road. 

On Monday night, Magnolia Court’s new application– submitted on July 13– is for rezoning 11.277-acres, labeled as Tract 1, with 29 buildable lots to be developed under the medium-density Single-Family-10 District (SF-10); and, 3.525-acres, labeled Tract 2, retaining the existing Agricultural District zoning, which will accommodate infrastructure to capture storm water runoff drainage from and utilities for Tract 1.

The new application was presented by former P&Z Commissioner Heth Kendrick, principal for LandDesign, Inc., on behalf of Contour Real Estate & Development, LLC. It was noted that any proposed development within Tract 2 will require an amendment to the Zoning Planned Development.

Kendrick said the Tract 1 29 buildable lots (plus three x-lots) will be set at 80-feet-wide (town minimum is 70-feet), with a minimum lot size of 10,000-square-feet and a height maximum of either three-stories or 35-feet.

He also said the Parks and Trails Master Plan denotes a trail section that traverses across the property on the north side of the easement area from Gerault Road. This portion of the trail will be installed between the roadway and its western property line during construction of the residential subdivision, with a sidewalk connection from the cul-de-sac to the trail extension.

Commissioners discussed the change in the acceptance of park fee cash in lieu of land the Parks Board recommended back on March 1– based on the original 58 lots, which will need to be recalculated to reflect the 29 lots now proposed.

Assistant Town Manager Tommy Dalton pointed out that dedication fees are different than development fees.

“The Park Dedication fee is $1,388 per unit, while Park Development is based on the fair market value of the land,” said Dalton. “It depends on the land location. For instance, development in Lakeside DFW has a higher valuation than other areas in town.”

The Town Council will consider specific recalculated amounts during its public hearing of the request at its Nov. 19 meeting.

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